Hodgson wants NESV backing

Image: Hodgson: Wants to be given time

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has called on the club's new owners to back his efforts to lift the Reds out of the Premier League drop zone.

Reds boss hopes for time to lift club out of drop zone

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has called on the club's new owners to back his efforts to lift the Reds out of the relegation zone. The Anfield outfit's protracted takeover saga was finally resolved on Friday when New England Sports Ventures (NESV) saw their £300million offer go through. NESV, who also own the Boston Red Sox and are fronted by John W Henry, claimed power from Tom Hicks and George Gillett after courtroom battles either side of the Atlantic, although the duo are refusing to go quietly. Attention will now turn again to events on the field, where the Reds have endured a miserable start to the season, suffering humiliating home defeats at the hands of Northampton in the Carling Cup and Blackpool in the Premier League. The reverse at the hands of the newly-promoted Seasiders saw the Kop turn their anger towards Hodgson, with chants of 'Dalglish, Dalglish' demonstrating that some supporters were keen for Reds legend Kenny Dalglish to take the helm. But the former Fulham boss, who only replaced Rafa Benitez at the helm in the summer, has called for everyone to pull together in a bid to lift Liverpool out of the doldrums. The first challenge for the now NESV-owned Reds is Sunday's Merseyside derby against Everton at Goodison Park, with Hodgson warning against knee-jerk reactions should results not immediately improve.

Fresh start

Hodgson said: "I know I can turn it around but I need the patience and support to do it. "All clubs need stability - managers and players as well - but that is becoming a very hard thing to find. "I've always expected new owners and put my faith in the board to choose the right ones. From what I know of NESV and the Red Sox, they know their stuff and will be good for the club. "This is a fresh start for the club and, hopefully, that means for me too. I was proud to come here and now I am even prouder. "I signed for three years and it's a sad day for everyone if, after a bad start, people think the best solution is to wave a magic wand and look for someone else. "But the prospect of having new owners doesn't greatly concern me because I knew the previous ones were not popular. "John called me this week and said he was very much looking forward to working with me and the other people here - but there was no talk of my situation."

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